Nomad: The Warrior
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Mostly set in Kazakhstan in 1710, Nomad follows the story of a young man who is born to fulfill the prophecy of uniting the three warring sects of his country to rid themselves of their violent enemies once and for all. Spanning over 30 years, the film never flinches as it uncovers intense hardcore battle sequences staged with Braveheart-esque grandiosity. Heads will roll and warriors will run screaming and flaming off camera, all under the watchful eyes of directors Sergei Bodrov and Ivan Passer. The washed out desert landscapes are reminiscent of Gladiator, and while the story itself never reaches the true epic magnificence of the Ridley Scott movie, Nomad does manage to come close, lacking the singular vision and unique story to truly find its place among the famous period epics.
Each character here has been powerfully created by this strong multi-cultural cast. Kuno Becker (Goal!, Goal II, Goal!3) stars as Mansur, the prophetic warrior of the title. With his mouth set in a grim line he travels from battlefield to battlefield hardly flinching at the various attacks launched against him. As an almost unbeatable warrior, Mansur has the training and determination to rival any warrior in recent cinematic history. And Nomad: The Warrior has the film clips to prove it.Read more ›
Thanks for a hero who is strong and is just a nice guy with inner strength and warrior skills and does not have to rub our face in it with bluster and swagger! These visual cliches could have worked too, but it has been done countless times by John Wayne, Bruce Willis, etc. Becker was a refreshing alternative that worked for me given the script. His people had been waiting for a prophesied warrior-leader -- and he was up to his destiny without having to be theatrically charismatic. In fact he was raised learning to conceal his identity and destiny and that helped make his modesty and quiet strength work for me. Of course the deviation from warrior-hero stereotypes and uncomplicated script also offered fresh meat for the critics who apparently expected it to be in competition with other epics and used them as standards.
I don't think the film was over-dramatized or that the blood was gratuitous and this may disappoint some viewers. I am glad that I took some negative reviews with a grain of salt. No, it was not sensational Hollywood or Eisenstein and did not knock me off my feet, but there are lots of standards and various ways in which films can be good.
I googled "kazakhstan mansur" and found interesting comments on the book by Ilyas Yesenberlin and on the film and on the actual historical figure. Not every historical "epic" makes me spend time to learn more about a remote country!
Astrology buffs will appreciate the movie, on how you create destiny if you believe in the stars.
Christians will be reminded on how Herod wanted the baby boys killed when he knew a Messiah was born.
The battle scenes were intense and so realistic that you think you are viewing it back in time.
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Linear story line. Casting not the best as some characters seem out of place. Not as good as Sergei's other movie, Mongol. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Scott C Ngov
I purchased this for my grandson, age 10, and it was a mistake. He watched perhaps 10 or 15 minutes and turned it off. Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by Hans Dieter Wulf
Liked it a whole lot. Was done gracefully. Acting, ambiance and story were all great. If you want to see quality action movie you are in for a few hours of joy!Published on October 7, 2013 by Blue Bell
The movie has it's moments, not many, a few. The subtitles are fairly decent, the actors looks real enough from where they came.Published on July 28, 2013 by Mae Tinee
It may be me, but it spent far too much time with the wrong aspects of Mongol life and skippped the more fascinating facts and what should have been shown.Published on June 17, 2013 by james
I gave this 3 stars(rounded down from 3½). This was a film with great potential. It had beautiful costumes, scenery, good development of the characters, and good action sequences... Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Paul A. Marsh